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May 30, 2019
Tennessee’s rural schools overlooked amid urban focus, says equity group
Rural Tennessee faces big challenges in providing an equitable education to a third of the state’s students, says a new report.
March 6, 2019
Education voucher plan by Tennessee’s governor generates more questions than answers
Gov. Bill Lee’s proposal to bring education vouchers to Tennessee is an ambitious plan — but short on details thus far.
Updated March 4, 2019
Teacher pay, school vouchers among possibilities when Tennessee governor rolls out spending plan
Gov. Bill Lee will unveil his first proposed budget and deliver his first State of the State address on Monday.
January 3, 2019
Haslam’s last-ditch effort to kill school funding lawsuit falls short in Tennessee
A state appellate court declines to consider an appeal in 3-year-old case scheduled to go to trial this spring.
September 25, 2018
After three years, the fight to spend more money on Tennessee schools inches toward trial
A Nashville judge turns back the state’s second attempt in three months to derail the lawsuit filed by districts in Memphis and Nashville.
July 25, 2018
In his final months as Tennessee governor, Haslam reflects on his education legacy
In a wide-ranging interview, the outgoing Republican governor talks about achievement gains, TNReady disappointments, pre-K challenges, and what's next.
Following the money
December 14, 2017
Tennessee school systems are getting the money they’re promised — more or less, state comptroller reports
This is the second year that the comptroller has reviewed state education spending to make sure school systems are getting the money they're supposed to.
November 7, 2017
McQueen wants teacher pay to go up and local costs to go down for Tennessee’s student intervention program
As Gov. Bill Haslam prepares the final budget of his administration, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is asking to increase teacher pay for a third straight year.
Cracking the BEP
February 7, 2017
Stumped about Tennessee’s school funding formula? There’s now a calculator for that
The state comptroller's office unveils a tool for determining how much each school district should receive of the state’s $4.4 billion in BEP funding.
September 16, 2016
Does Tennessee have to follow its own school spending plan? Court prepares to weigh in
Attorneys for the state and Nashville face off on the funding question at a court hearing in Nashville.
September 8, 2016
States often get sued over school funding. Here’s what makes Tennessee stand out.
When it comes to providing adequate funding to educate students based on today’s standards, Tennessee isn’t coming close, say national experts.
October 21, 2015
Fewer Tennessee districts opt for teacher merit pay
Some school systems are moving away from paying teachers based on their evaluations — four years after receiving permission to tie teacher pay to their performance.
July 15, 2015
Is Tennessee’s school funding system broken? Local officials increasingly say ‘yes’
Local government leaders say they're picking up too much slack for the state when it comes to funding the true cost of education in Tennessee.
December 20, 2013
State-run district’s per-pupil expenditure not included on state report card
When Tennessee’s department of education rolled out a sleek new "report card" last month to help parents compare school districts, it did not include how much money its own Achievement School District (ASD) spends on each child. It did include that information for every other district in the state.
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